Help the revival and reconstruction of a mansion at the heart of the amazing Balaton-Highlands, Hungary



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    Stay with us for some gardening, easy reconstruction and housework to do for 4,5 hours a day. In the rest of your time you can enjoy all the summer activities what the region have in store.

    We are located in Tapolca-Diszel, in an old wine region, only 10km from the Lake Balaton. We moved to the region and started the reconstruction of a beautiful Mansion and a cool Barn. It was built in the 18th century, representing a purely classical piece of architecture. The mension is officially a monument building, which makes the reconstruction quite special and exciting. Our vision is to found a cool place for cultural, recreational and sport events, where people can stay and enjoy the atmosphere of that natural beauty.

    We have bikes to discover the world famous wine region with all the intimate wine cellars. You can do hiking tours in the surrounding hills, which are part of the World Heritage, or in the Hungarian Nation Parks with the volcanic mountain with steep basalt sides. Lake Balaton is a nice ride distance on bike and there's an other lake in the neighborhood to have some chill and swimming in the hot Hungarian summer.

    We have several festivals in the area, all worth to go and visit for different purposes. Wine festivals to experience the feeling of Hungarian wine tasting. The closest and best known wine area is Badacsony. Cellars offering the finest wines of Hungary. For cultural entertainment we recommend Művészetek Völgye (2019. 07. 19-28.) in the neighboring villages and VeszprémFest (2019. 07. 10-13.) in the nice, intimate town of Veszprém ca. 30 minutes away by bus.

    So you can find here a lot to see and do. Join us, there are still some free places. :)

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    The Mansion is officially a monument building, which makes the renovation works quite special and exciting, needs special materials and techniques. We also keep the spirit of using eco-friendly solutions.

  • Help


    We are working on a mansion reconstruction. We are looking for volunteers mainly for renovation works of the property that consists of three old building and huge garden. Help includes occasionally some housework.

    Volunteers wanted for the following tasks:
    - building
    - gardening (lake, moaning, vegetables and spices, herbals)
    - housework (cleaning, cooking)
    - some minor additional tasks to revive the place :)

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Hungarian: Fluent

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  • Accommodation


    A 3 level barn is already renovated and ready to host you. We have 4 separate rooms and a huge dormitory with beds and hammocks. The mansion and the barn are near each other.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Further info about the area (Balaton-Highlands):

    Amongst the volcanic mountains of Bakony in the heart of the amazing Balaton- Highlands, close to the city of Tapolca.
    The monadnocks are peculiarly shaped results of the volcanic activity towards the end of the Pannonian Age. At the edges of the Csobánc, Szentgyörgy and Badacsony Hills, which from a distance resemble coffins, typical formations of solidifying basalt: the basalt columns can be seen. The most beautiful examples are the Stone Gate of Badacsony and the basalt organs of the Szentgyörgy Hill. At the slopes of Badacsony, huge rock-glaciers and block fields are to be found, where the large-leaf linden and the mahaleb cherry forest can just establish themselves. The picturesque cones of the Gulács, Tóti and Vár Hills resemble sugar loafs.

    The basalt mountains of the area are not only unique geological relics, they are also the habitat of many rare plants and animals. Several botanical rarities live in the extreme climatic and geological conditions. The abundance of the yellow golden alyssium on the rock and quarry sides is picturesque. A unique acidophilic ash-beech forest occurs on the rocky escarpments of the Badacsony; in its beech forests we find cyclamen, while in the hornbeam-oak groves hepatica, black bryony, broomrape grow. On the sunny rocks of the Szentgyörgy Hill a small population of Cheilanthes marantae (unique in Hungary) blooms, with caterack and Lumnitzer carnation. Several local subspecies of sorbtrees find habitat in the unavailable rock cracks. The flower stock of Csobánc is enriched by Pulsatilla grandis, Saxifragas and lilac. On the top of the Tóti Hill a picturesque flower field is situated: Orlaya grandiflora mixed with iris, Pulsatillas and Caryophyllaceae. In the cracks of the basalt columns the small scrubs of Cotoneaster matrensis line up.

    At the eastern edge of the area on Permian sandstone the calluna provides a red flower carpet at the end of summer; on the rocks juniper and yellow hawkweed species bloom. On the plains, remains of ancient marshes contain several botanical rarities. At Raposka we find marsh gladiolus and orchids; next to Káptalantóti there is a habitat of the 1m tall and odorous large pink (that occurs less and less), accompanied with the blue flowered marsh gentian.
    On the rocks and in the forests of the basalt hills several rare birds nest: raven, red footed falcon, rock bird etc. In the reeds below the Szigliget Hill the protected greylag goose breeds.

    In addition to the natural values the vineyards dating back to the Roman times, the architectural relics of the hills and villages: ruins of castles, churches, palaces and popular architecture are definitely something you have to visit.
    The ruins of the forts of Csobánc and Szigliget, the lavishly rich Tarányi Cellar from 1780, the Lengyel Chapel (1760), the Szigliget Castle and manor, the cellar of Flórián Szabó at Rókarántó of Szigliget, richly ornamented in popular style, the chapels on the vineyard hills (Csobánc, Kisapáti, Badacsonylábdi), the nicely carved crucifixes at the crossroads, the ruins of churches (Csobáncszegi, Sziglitet-Avasi, Káptalantóti-Sabar Mountain), the dignified manor of Róza Szegedy on the Badacsony, are all precious relics of Hungarian architecture and history.

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    Most of the areas we have stable internet

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    dogs are not allowed in the house but they are ok in the garden

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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